5Beans | Sixpoint Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States
sixpoint.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Mad Scientists walked through an ancient bazaar, sniffing out ingredients for their next formulation. The stalls were buzzing with activity as exotic spice vendors promoted their fragrant wares. But what ingredient would make the fabled 5th bean? The enticing aroma of an oily, smoky pod – black cardamom – caught their attention. Now that would turn the Imperial to Bazaar...

Added by superspak on 11-01-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
389
Reviews:
110
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
7.33%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
64
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 389 |  Reviews: 110
Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear extremely dark cola brown in color (approaching but not quite jet black) with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and very faint mahogany colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a medium sized half finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering about 75% of the remaining surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of freshly brewed coffee, chocolate, and vanilla with moderate aromas of cardamon. Moderate aromas of dark malts with a moderate amount of malty sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to slightly stronger than moderate flavors of dark + roasted malts with a moderate amount of malty + dark fruit (plum) sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of fresh cold brewed coffee, chocolate/cacao, vanilla, and cardamon (which adds an herbal spiciness). Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness which fades away quickly leaving a light underlying vanilla sweetness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a slight amount of oily slickness in the finish. Light hints of alcohol warming in the finish as the beer warms up.

O: Very enjoyable but the cardamon is a little more present that I wanted it to be (mind you, I really enjoyed 4Beans)... Easy to drink considering the strength and definitely a beer that I would be happy to have again.

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Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of elle_belles17
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - really really dark brown with no real head and slight lacing
Smell - toasted winter spices and some sweet chocolate
Taste - toasty cocoa coffee with a spice, bitter. Hits the tongue from the front to back and stays
Feel - pretty thin with slight carbonation
Overall - great porter.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rick778
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can pour. Jet black with clingy tan head. Aromas of coffee roast, bittersweet chocolate, and subtle vanilla cream. Flavors are roasted heavily forward, a blend of earthy and bitter coffee with dark cacao nibs. Subtle highlights of cream and spices. Smooth, robust bodied, with a chocolate and coffee aftertaste. The finish is smooth, dry, and earthy. Good beer.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2016 release
~3 months from canning date

Appearance- Pours a black color, slight ruby red hues, opaque. Finger thick, light tan colored head, frothy thick. Touches of spotty head lacing and light alcohol legs on glass.

Aroma- Earthy spice, resin, pepper, winter spices. Mild roastiness and coffee, dry cocoa bitterness. Slight creaminess.

Taste- Roasty malts, coffee bitterness, dry cocoa powder and chocolates. Winter spices, earthy dryness, sweet cinnamon, and pine. Touch of vanilla creaminess.

Feel- Medium feel, fairly dry from the spicing. Moderate carbonation, fluffy and creamy smooth.

Overall- Spice adds a real interesting complexity, borderlines on winter type spices but then also is peppery and piney. Coffee and cocoa come forward most, only a touch of vanilla maybe on the finish. Very interesting flavor profile that works, warming and interesting.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice dark brown black beer with amocha head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S - big coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, nutmeg, cardamom? - not sure if thats what it is but theres a nice holiday hominess to this one
T # big coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, holiday spice
M - heavy mouthfeel, alc covered, aftertaste is roasty malts and coffee
O - great beer

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Photo of q33jeff
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

**
12/31/2016

Can to snifter. Last of my 4 pack, not sure why I didn't rate/review this before. Fresh 5beans lost a head to head with year old 4beans.

LOOK: dark black, medium beige head. Fades to a smaller head that lasts a bit.

AROMA: Coffee, spice, i guess it's cardamom, but it smells like nutmeg too.

TASTE: roasted malt, coffee, ashy aftertaste, cocoa and vanilla from 4beans is all but gone.

FEEL: Medium to full body. Just right for a porter.

Cardamom makes it more interesting, but not better. Still a quality porter.

**

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Photo of cjgator3
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Klister
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sonofliberty2
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of garymuchow
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice coffee aroma and it doesn't seem from malt, but from coffee. Very dark brown, almost, but not quite black. Nice full tan head. Good looking.
The flavors take a bit to show, but all the pieces appear in time. Coffee, vanilla and cardamom. Nice blend. Full rich malt but not too sweet. Enjoyable coffee dryness on the finish.
Seems more ale like than lager but rich and full.
I like it.

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Photo of Muss42
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a shiny black color. Opaque to the eye. Thin tan head dissipates steadily leaving some spotty foam behind.

Smell has aromas of coffee, cinnamon and cardamom. Hint of a tang on the nose.

Taste has notes of coffee, cinnamon, cardamom. There is certainly a slight tang to the beer - I suspect its from the cardamom. The coffee is very pronounced - more reminiscent of turkish coffee rather than American coffee. Slight bitterness on the finish with some acidity - similar to a strong dark espresso.

Feel is full bodied and smooth. Medium carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall this is a really well done coffee porter. Wonderful use of cardamom - it really does go well with the flavor profile.

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Benish
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bob_roberts
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 389 ratings.
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